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Hong Kong says it will halve its flight suspension rule to seven days

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FILE PHOTO: A traveler walks in the departure hall of Hong Kong International Airport amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Hong Kong, China March 21, 2022. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu

March 27, 2022

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong said on Sunday it was shortening the ban on airlines found to have carried three or more passengers who tested positive for COVID-19 upon arrival, as the number of local cases of continues to decrease at its peak.

From Friday, the ban on individual airlines will be reduced from the previous 14 days to seven days under the ongoing “flight suspension mechanism”, the government said in a statement.

The change comes after the government announced last week that a flight ban from nine countries – Canada, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Britain, the United States, France, Australia and the Philippines – would be lifted on June 1.

If a single flight has at least one positive test and at least one instance of non-compliance with pre-departure testing, the airline will also be banned from operating on the route for seven days.

Hong Kong reported 8,841 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, up from 10,405 on Friday, as the recent wave of infections continues to ease.

(Reporting by Clare Jim; Editing by Lincoln Feast.)

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